California Chrome, owned and bred by Douglas County resident Steve Coburn and Perry Martin, rolled to a five-length lead in the middle of the stretch and held off a late charge of 37-1 longshot Commanding Curve to win the Kentucky Derby by nearly two lengths as the 5-2 favorite.
California Chrome is only the fourth California horse to win the race in its 140-year-history and the first since 1962.
Veteran trainer Art Sherman, 77, is the oldest trainer of a Kentucky Derby winner. Jockey Victor Espinoza won the 2002 Kentucky Derby aboard War Emblem.
According to kentuckyderby.com, California Chrome ran the track in 2:03.66 as he won his fifth consecutive race and scored his seventh victory in 11 career races. The victory was worth $1,442,800 and increased California Chrome’s earnings to $2,577,650.
Most recently, California Chrome won by 5-1/4 lengths on April 5 at the Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.